Clare Mulley, award winning author of The Spy Who Loved, and contributor to BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and The History Channel, will be in Lytham with her fascinating account of two pioneering Test Pilots in Hitler's Luftwaffe.
Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented, courageous and strikingly attractive women who fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of flight in 1930s Germany. With the war, both became pioneering test pilots and both were awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich. But they could not have been more different and neither woman had a good word to say for the other. Hanna was middle-class, vivacious and distinctly Aryan, while the darker, more self-effacing Melitta, came from an aristocratic Prussian family. Both were driven by deeply held convictions about honour and patriotism but ultimately while Hanna tried to save Hitler's life, begging him to let her fly him to safety in April 1945, Melitta covertly supported the most famous attempt to assassinate the Führer.
Acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley gets under the skin of these two distinctive and unconventional women, giving a full account of their contrasting yet strangely parallel lives, against a changing backdrop of the 1936 Olympics, the Eastern Front, the Berlin Air Club, and Hitler's bunker. The Women Who Flew for Hitler is the extraordinary true story of two pioneering test pilots, with all the excitement and colour of the best fiction.